The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.
Helen Hunt, Ron Silver, and Jerry Orbach have good roles, albeit fairly small. There are also several cameos, including Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. They co-wrote the movie with Crystal, and this duo have their names on Happy Days episodes, as well as a slew of films. This information is helpful to the humor when they appear as a couple of goofy young writers.
This fine film is not without a couple of drawbacks. The make-up job on Crystal and Paymer in their old age is far from realistic. This aspect of the film needed Rick Baker. The other item that detracts this from being a truly great film is that it is essentially a biography of a fictional person who isn't a very nice guy. The movie has a few moments where it wants the viewer to feel sorry for him for ruining his own life. To me, however, it is great storytelling and wonderful acting. It is sad, poignant, and, upon first viewing in 1992, nothing I expected from the mind of Billy Crystal.
If you've never seen this picture because you have heard too many negative things, please give it a viewing. You could very well be surprised.
- Jan 16, 1999